Crunch clash as Linnets host Coalville in big six-pointer

March 1, 2019

The Linnets are back in Southern Premier Central Division action on Saturday with seventh-placed Coalville Town the visitors to The Walks.
Third-placed Town will be hoping to make it three consecutive wins at the weekend following victories over Redditch United and Bedworth United in their last two outings. 
However, the Ravens are sure to give the home team a real test being only four points behind their hosts with two fixtures in hand.

Following a recent minor blip, Coalville returned to winning ways in the week with a 3-0 success over Halesowen Town in midweek. 
In the reverse fixture back in December the teams shared six goals in an exciting draw with the home team playing with only ten men following a first half red card – a fixture Ian Culverhouse remembers well. 
Culverhouse said: "We really got away with one that day. We weren’t at the races and could count ourselves fortunate at coming away with a point. 
"They are a big, powerful side and they play to their strengths very well. They are a good side and I’m not surprised to see them up there battling for a high finish. 
"I thought we were very good ourselves last weekend and had a full control on 95 per cent of the game. 
"We got our goals at the right time and we were able to manage things from there for what was an important three points. 
"Saturday will be difficult against very good opposition, but again we have had a good week on the training pitch and all our thoughts are focused on Coalville Town trying to win a game of football. 
"It should be a cracking game for our supporters and, as usual, I would like them right behind the boys from the first whistle. They have a huge part to play between now and the end of the season."
Following last week’s stunning 4-0 victory over Wisbech St Mary, Lynn Reserves have a long trip to Felixstowe in the Thurlow Nunn, Division One North.
The club was saddened to learn of the passing of former groundsman Maurice Bunting on Tuesday.  
Maurice tendered The Walks pitch for many seasons before retiring around 18 months ago. 
Club media officer Mark Hearle said: "He was a gentleman and a great character. He was also very good at preparing a pitch with limited resources and sometimes providing a miracle in getting a game on after a week of difficult conditions. 
He used to love a chat on all sorts of things – not just football – and more often than not would offer some wise words on a real variety of subjects. 
"I speak for everyone at the club when I say we will miss him greatly and we are all thinking of Maurice’s family and friends at this sad time."
Following confirmation from Maurice’s family, the club will hold a minute’s silence before Saturday’s fixture with Coalville Town.



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